Every March, thousands of colorectal cancer (CRC) patients, survivors, caregivers and advocates come together to promote National Colon Cancer Awareness Month. Every year in the U.S., CRC affects more than 136,830 people and is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer in both men and women. However, it’s also one of the most preventable and, if found early, most treatable forms of cancer.
Although the month is coming to an end, efforts to spread awareness of this disease and the importance of screening and early detection will continue throughout the year. Here are seven relevant resources from around the web – from blog posts to on-demand webinars– that will keep you informed on the latest CRC news.
Colon Cancer Facts and Figures
Every three years, the American Cancer Society publishes a free report that highlights the latest CRC stats and scientific information.
National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable Chair Reflects on 80% by 2018 Progress
The dramatic improvements seen in the 2015 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) data on colorectal cancer screening is the latest indication of positive trends in screening, which is good news for the NCCRT’s 80% by 2018 effort. In a NCCRT blog post, the organization’s chairman reflects on lessons learned from the initiative, which is one of the most complex and successful public health efforts of its kind.
Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month: Debunking CRC Myths
Screening for colon cancer is important because it can detect cancer in people who are not exhibiting symptoms. About ninety percent of people who are diagnosed with colon cancer early and are treated are still alive five years later. Don’t let these common myths stop you from getting the life-saving screening tests you need, when you need them.
Can we Celebrate Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month?
Colorectal cancer is definitely not something to celebrate, but this NCQA blog post is a reminder of the great strides we are making toward early detection, screening, prevention and awareness – which is something to cheer about.
Close CRC Care Gaps by Reaching Members at Home
BioIQ offers the only comprehensive at-home CRC screening program. We coordinate everything from member communications to processing results, so you can focus on connecting at-risk members with the next steps in care.
The Link Between Colorectal Cancer and Obesity
There are many health and lifestyle factors that can increase one’s risk of developing cancer, and obesity is one of them. According to The National Cancer Institute, obesity is associated with increased risks of several types of cancer, including colorectal cancer.
Best Practices for Colorectal Cancer Screening
With regular screening, colorectal disease can be prevented through the detection and removal of precancerous polyps. In addition to in-office visits, there are now convenient at-home testing options. Watch this 30-minute, on-demand webinar to discover how CRC screening can help save lives, reduce healthcare costs and achieve the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable (NCCRT) 80% by 2018 initiative.